Skip to main content

About your Search

20121222
20121230
Search Results 0 to 21 of about 22
the disaster caused by hurricane sandy. i know in a number of states, unprecedented devastation has occurred and we should respond extremely quickly, more quickly than we have. and i hope the house will immediately take up this -- this package. certainly, disaster relief delayed is disaster relief denied. so i hope the house will, indeed, move extremely quickly to address the devastation throughout the northeast. mr. president, i also wanted to note that tonight, 55 senators stood up and said as we assist the victims of hurricane sandy, we should also assist the victims of unprecedented drought and fires that devastated much of our country this last summer. how is it, you might wonder, that we had devastating fires in july and august and into september, devastating drought, and we still haven't approved the disaster assistance? well, i would say it's 100% unacceptable. if you lost your ranch in a fire, if you lost your fencing, if you lost your livestock, and the program that would have helped, that has always been in place for disaster assistance wasn't reauthorized, then you've been strand
after a storm as devastating as hurricane sandy. and it's important to understand -- i think that many things have whopped the ability of the states and local communities to deal with some of the effects of this. that is why the sandy emergency supplemental is before us attached to h.r. 1 and why we will be voting on that, i assume, tomorrow. there are two versions before us. one is the senate democrats emergency supplemental proposal. that totals $60.4 billion. it includes nearly $13 billion in mitigation funding. now, that goes for the next storm, not this storm. $3.46 billion for army corps of engineers, $500 million of which are projects from previous disasters, $3 billion to rare or replace federal assets that do not fall in the category of emergency need, $56 million for tsunami cleanup on the west coast, which, of course, does not relate to sandy, and a lot of new authorizing language for reform of disaster relief programs which i would support through the regular process. but without having gone through the authorizing committee, i don't think that's a good idea. our proposed a
senators to continued work on the $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. negotiations continue on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. both parties head to the white house today to discuss the fiscal cliff with the president. it's at 3:00 p.m. eastern in the oval office. senate in recess until 2:00 p.m. eastern when the senate reconveneses, live coverage here on c-span2. >>> and right now on c-span2 a conversation with nebraska senator ben nelson who is retiring after two terms. >>> retiring senator nebraska ben tell me sop. years that began with the 2003 recount and reended with re-election of president obama. if you could think of the adjective to describe these years what would it be? >> clearly interesting. challenging. sometimes totally frustrating. but also full of opportunities for the country. there was some good times during the twelve years laced together with some that weren't so good. 9/11, the anthrax scare. there were positive things as well, the election of president obama, i thought it was a positive statement for the country and moving forward in a way that we
intelligence surveillance act, the others that $60 billion relief package for areas affected by hurricane sandy. the house reconvenes at 2:00 p.m. eastern. house leaders have not release the schedule of legislative activity for tomorrow. live coverage from the house floor on c-span and senate live on c-spanat 2. c-span2. >> united states discovered surveillance flights and the tension builds that we have a quarantine or blockade around cuba and one of the things that happened in that time is a soviet submarine is found by american ships and they dropped depth charges on the soviet submarine. they knocked out the electrical system. carbon dioxide was rising. people were passing out inside the submarine. no communications with the kremlin. the commander of the submarine says load the torpedoes, outlets attack. the war probably started already. we are not going to do somersaults when the war started. we're not going to disgrace the country so launch the nuclear torpedo. they said it ready to launch. fortunately one of the other commanders with a lower rank talked him out of it. he might have saved
have to model allows people to get that for example, hurricane sandy 80 people are not happy with what he something like that that inner-city when you are living in a tent. there is something like 74,000 acres of land we are still going dealing with a very urgent and difficult situation in haiti. >> host: where did your book, "so spoke the earth" come from? >> guest: it came from women writers of haitian descent. it is the navigation of patients to tell their stories and these groups of women, the edited this anthology. it is "so spoke the earth: the haiti i knew, the haiti i know, the haiti i want to know." different women talk about this. it is a trilingual anthology in english, french, and creole. it's generational. we talk about the people who were surviving it. we talk about their friends and neighbors. there is an opportunity for people who don't know much about haiti to get to know katie through a variety of women writers wasted. >> host: is creole very different from french? >> guest: creel -- creole is a language of its own. it came from the french, spanish, english, all of th
relief package for areas affected by hurricane sandy. and negotiations on the fiscal cliff continue and debate on a deal is possible in either the house or the senate once it's announced. >> the senate is running a little bit behind schedule. senators were expected back in for a brief pro forma session about ten minutes ago at noon eastern time. in the meantime, a look ahead to tomorrow morning's "washington journal." a look at the biggest foreign policy events of 2012, our guest is ely lake of news week and the daily beast. then the biggest political stories of 2012. we'll look at that with juan williams. "washington journal" starts every morning at 7 eastern on c-span. >> as we wait for this pro forma session to get under way, some information about programming happening the day after christmas. c-span spoke with two retiring lawmakers, congressman dan burton and senator kent conrad. mr. burton, an indiana republican, served in congress for 30 years, and in the 1990s chaired the house oversight committee. senator conrad, the north dakota democrat, has been in office for 20 years a
, and recognizing executive director, and his people for keeping this event on track, despite sandy trying to stop us. they deserve our thanks and praise. i have to tell you -- [applause] i have to tell you, i'm energized by this honor. billy thing i've ever wanted to do in my life is have a good time writing stories. this award tells me i'm still at it. thank you. [applause] >> himr. leonard, i'm sitting aa table with walter mosley and he would like you to know that he sat through the big bounce and enjoyed it. he may have been in a marijuana tent, i'm not sure. [laughter] if you haven't ever read elmore leonard's 10 tips for writing, it will take you to second. do it tomorrow, to announce during dinner on your your smartphones. number 10 is my favorite. from elmore leonard, 10 tips for writing, try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. [laughter] and that's why that man walked off the stage with a medal. it is time to enjoy your dinner. while you're doing it a want you to please consider this to a measure of all of you not a process work in which tonight winners get chosen. what happ
"response activities for hurricane sandy" and replaces it with "purposes provided herein." a minor -- small verbal change. but response activities has unlimited meaning. this change does clarify that funds may be used to cover additional recovery and related costs connected to hurricane sandy. second it adds the phrase "to make grants" to clarify that the department of h.h.s. has specific grant-making authority for renovating, repairing and rebuilding nonfederal facilities involved in n.i.h. research. for example an academic center of excellence well known for its work particularly in cancer research will have the opportunity to rebuild. i recommend the support of this amendment. senator shelby has signed off on it. i believe it is not controversial. c.b.o. says it does not adversely -- it does not score at all. and i understand that the minority staff on labor-h.h.s. has also signed off on those changes. mr. president, that amendment too will be voted on tomorrow if not accepted. tonight we're just not accepting amendments and we're not voice voting them. i also want to note that we have t
with hurricane sandy last week in new york, two weeks ago now, when all of lower manhattan was dark except for the goldman sachs tower because of the effort put into insuring that their infrastructure is as robust and fail-safe as possible. >> host: so, andrew blum, why is it that goldman sachs had that electricity and power going on when, like you said, the rest of manhattan, 60 hudson street being dark? did 60 hudson go down as well? because i know we had a lot of problems even sending e-mails from new york to washington and getting those connectioned. >> yeah. 60 hudson like, essentially, every other pay your internet building in new york, switched over successfully to diesel power. the week before last the internet in new york ran on diesel. it was just as simple as that. they all have these backup generators. when you visit one of these big internet buildings, there's always the point in the tour when you come to the school bus, this kind of hot, still room filled with an enormous, you know, perhaps four megawatt diesel generator. and last week in the case of 60 hudson, in the case of
with her cane sandy of those in new jersey and staten island can also unfortunately relate to to this challenge. what do you do? whether we come to the story line with that connection we all have disasters. and the unexpected moments when suddenly things are not the same. we are in a new paradigm. how do we survive? this moment of crisis will test us. instincts, loyalties, faith in ourselves, creativity, he motions and certainly our courage. may 16, 1874 a reservoir dam gave way in western massachusetts to a nation in and tidal wave that was between 20 and 40 feet high and 300 feet wide and came down a 14-mile valley swept through williamsburg williamsburg, skinnerville, florence and new hampton. to give a sense of the power to appreciate the time it took to pass through portions of the valley. in the lower portion the land was turned into a plane and it took an hour and a half to fled northampton to flood into the connecticut river. in the of the region's the 600 million gallons of water went through a williamsburg williamsburg, skinnerville and hated bill 15 minutes each.
, the media called me crazy. but what if, what if when adam lanza started shooting his way into sandy hook elementary school last friday he'd been confronted by qualified, armed security? will you at least admit it's possible that 26 little kids, that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day? is it so abhorrent to you that you'd rather continue to risk the alternative? is the press and the political class here in washington, d.c. so consumed by fear and hatred of the nra and american gun owners that you're willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is alone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life, her life to shield those children in her care? no one, no one regardless of personal political prejudice has the right to impose that sacrifice. ladies and gentlemen, there's no national, one-size-fits-all solution to protecting our children. but do know this president zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year's budget and scrapped secure our schools policing grants in next year's budget. with all the foreign aid the united states does, w
they as much as inner-city people talk about under these definitions on a daily basis during hurricane sandy i was blown away by the extraordinary kindness people showed to their neighbors. when i was then a tough neighborhood a disabled woman rolled up to say i will give you two cases of water. she said i need them. i said you would be delivering water in your neighborhood? she said yes. we check out. we should have delivered water to hear -- to gerber she was delivering it to others. that is the degree of expression of humanity. i do know when somebody does something like that it inspires other people why when pitcher of a cop giving shoes become viral? we hunger for that. ways the uptick of giving during christmas time? the infectious spirit that should not be just one month per year. if every single day we instruct others we all carry a toxin and we should not keep it for ourselves. somebody banished my cynicism. just negative 20 somethings i remember this pool of slush then i see an older african-american woman pushing a cart i said i will go help this woman of course. then this guide jum
reminded of that of late. in the wake of hurricane sandy, many of us faced days without power, and when our laptops and ipads and ereaders ran out of battery life, we turned to books. reading them by candlelight. [applause] >> no matter how clever, convenient, or cutting edge digital media becomes in the future, books will remain and will always be a part of the conversation at the "new york times." we know there would not be a times book review without all of you. the editors and publishers and writers who devote their time to bringing books, creating books, bringing them to readers. so, i'd like to thank all of you, again, for continuing to tell your stories, so that we can tell ours. thank you. [applause] [applause] >> and now, to present the medal for distinguished contribution to american letters is martin amis. martin is the author of 13 novels. he is the author of the memoir, experience, two collections of short stories and six books nonfiction, including the second plane. he was literary editor of the new statesman and served as the prefer of creative writing at the center for new w
network and that is true in a slightly different from with hurricane sandy last week in new york, when all of lower manhattan was dark except for the goldman sachs tower because of the effort put into ensuring that their infrastructure is as robust an fail-safe as possible. >> host: andrew plumb, why is it the goldman sachs had that electricity and power going on when like you said the rest of manhattan, 60 hudson st., being dark. did 60 hudson go down as well because they know we had a lot of problems even sending e-mails to new york from washington and getting those connected. >> guest: yeah, 60 hudson like essentially every other major internet building in new york switched over in the case of hudson switched over to diesel power. the week before last it ran on diesel. it was as simple as that. they all have backup generators. when you get one of these big internet buildings there is a point in the tour when you come to a school bus, hot room filled with four-megawatt eagle generator and last week in the case of 60 hudson and 111, eighth avenue another important internet hub, building o
to rebuild their lives, their lives that have been now in ruin. and also now, given hurricane sandy, those down in new jersey and staten island and in queens and in brooklyn can also, unfortunately, relate to this challenge. what do you do. now, whether we come to the storyline with that kind of connection or not, we've all had disasters in our experience. we've all had those unexpected moments where something happens, and suddenly our life isn't the same as it was a moment before. everything is changed. we're in a new paradigm. and we have to figure out how do we survive. these moments of crisis test us. they test our instincts, our loyalties, our faith in ourselves, our creativity. they test our emotions, and they certainly test our courage. on may 16, 1874, a reservoir dam gave way in western montana. it unleashed an inland tidal wave that was at times 20-40 feet high and 300 feet wide. it roared down a 14-mile valley and swept through the villages of williamsburg, skinnerville, haydenville and the town of north hatchton. to give you a sense of the power of that water is to appreciate t
that much effort to be there for our kids. i was very happy during sandy we did some things to raise through covenant house and the cooperation of extraordinary people to raise a lot of money because it doesn't take that much money to give a person the doorway of hope. the last thing i will say is for me i get very upset because when i first became mayor i have a metaphor that i clung to, i would tell people i was such an optimistic and hopeful person, i am a prisoner of hole. we walked through city hall seven years ago there were so many challengess, we are prisoners of hope. we do nothing but hope. seven years later my metaphor has changed because i see powerful the trans formative things happen in every sector of the city from a down housing market to creativity, to double the production of affordable housing. first time in sixty years the population is going up. downtown in 40 years, built by new yorkers, so my metaphor has changed. i am no longer a prisoner of hope, i am hope unhinged because i now believe in my heart of hearts there is no problem, poverty, homelessness, no problem we c
for hurricane sandy victims. they're scheduled to vote on amendments to both measures and recess from 12:30 p.m. eastern to 12:15 eastern for party caucus meetings. live coverage on c-span2. and the house will return for legislative business on sunday at 2 p.m. eastern with votes expected beginning at 6:30. we'll have lye coverage when they return on c-span. >> congressional leaders will meet with president obama at the white house later today to talk about plans to avert the so-of called fiscal cliff. before the senate adjourned yesterday, majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell debated the fiscal cliff and talked about negotiations surrounding the tax hikes and automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in a few days. this is about 5 minutes -- 15 minutes. >> madam president, you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation we find ourselves in, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something we could do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated, because we've b
in the cleanup effort for hurricane sandy. i think about specifically focused cooperation is the center of this work. it's a very challenging thing to do. as i tell myself all the time, my personal progressivism is subsumed to focus on pluralism in my role. when we work with evangelicals and lots of them, i have huge admiration for what one would call the social capital in america. i am not leaving with my progressivism. i am leaving with dimensions of my tradition and i am saying, what can we do together? effectively, what i hope i am listing is there is a notion that there are folks out there building movements for progressivism and liberal theology that come from different religions. i think there are very few people were finding ways to build bridges in the theological perspective. that is what we hope to mobilize >> one more question and then we've opened it up. >> i think you and i have not talked about this. but i am a universalist. i have a deep respect for the atheist position. because i discovered that in my conversation with a lot of atheists, they don't believe in a god that
. the senate today is also expected to work on a $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. there's to agreement on the so- there's no agreement on the so-called fiscal cliff, but negotiations continue off the floor. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o god, before whom the lives of all are exposed and the desires of all known, be at work in our lives. wipe away selfish interest, so that we may perfectly love and truly serve you. give our lawmakers courage as they face today's challenges providing them with the necessary skill to perform their duties and accomplish your purposes. give them the wisdom to refuse to sow to the wind, thereby risking reaping the whirlwind. may they find joy in both serving and loving you. we pray in your holy name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible,
in the house, sandy levin, that called for this legislation. the speaker was going to bring it up to kill it but he couldn't kill it. and then we moved to albany b, b, -- plan b, the debacle of all debacles. it's the mother of all debacles. that was brought up in an effort to send us something. he couldn't even pass it among republicans, it was so absurd, he meaning the speaker. so it's very clear now, mr. president, that the speaker's number-one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3. the house is not even here. he's told me he will give them two days to get back here, 48 hours. not two days. 48 hours. they don't even have enough of the leadership here to meet to talk about it. they have done it with conference calls. people are spread all over this country because the speaker basically is waiting for january 3. now, the president campaigned on raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year. the bush-era tax cuts will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about three million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the s
billion spending bill for hurricane sandy victims. we're expecting up to 21 amendments on that bill. now live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. almighty god, before whom the generations rise and pass away, watch over america and use our senators to keep it strong and good. imprint upon their hearts such reverence for you that they will be ashamed and afraid to offend you. remind them that their thoughts, words, and deeds are under divine scrutiny. bless also the many others who work faithfully on capitol hill and whose labors bring dignity and efficiency to the legislative process. we pray in your sacred name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to
't believe there's anyone in this chamber that doesn't understand the devastating impact of sandy on the northeast and the pain and the suffering that has come from that. i don't think there's anyone in this chamber that doesn't understand that this is an emergency supplemental appropriation that is needed now to address this pain and suffering and help rebuild and help provide the relief necessary to these people and businesses and others in the north east. and we want do that. but the bill before us presented by the democrats -- the presiding officer: could we have order, please. mr. schumer: could we have order, please. i can't hear the senator from indiana. mr. coats: the bill presented by the other side throws out $60-plus billion to address not just immediate needs but also future needs for future storms and even unrelated issues not related to sandy. the coats alternative, which i hope to gain support for, documents what is needed, takes that documentation provided by fema, s.b.a., all the agencies involved and more than generously compensates for what is needed between now
Search Results 0 to 21 of about 22